Crane operator rescued after suffering medical emergency 20+ stories high

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Fire crews rescued a crane operator in downtown Norfolk Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the former Bank of America building in the 200 block of East Main Street at 2:30 p.m. Officials say the crane operator suffered a medical emergency while he was over 20 stories high.

Crews went to the highest floor possible inside the building and then climbed up the crane’s ladder over six stories to get to the crane operator, who was semi unconscious when firefighters got to him. He was rendered aid and came to before crews put him in a harness to get him to the ground.

The crane operator was put in an ambulance, but did not end up going to the hospital.

No one else was hurt.

Construction crews on scene worked with firefighters during the rescue.

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